Hiller sings at festival this weekend with Bob Dylan

Arts | June 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Anna Shoemaker, 22, of Chestnut Hill, is a terrific singer/songwriter who has entered the cauldron of the music industry that can chew up and spit out singers as if they were after-dinner mints. But Anna, who triggered lots of positive vibes when she performed her “dark pop” every week last summer at […]

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‘Songbook’ from Hill cabaret/jazz warbler on June 16

Arts | June 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Chestnut Hill chanteuse Paula Johns, one of the area’s finest cabaret singers, grew up in North Philadelphia in a very musical household. Her mother, Mertine Johns, was an opera singer who concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. Her father, William “Buddy” Johns, was an organist and choir director who was particularly fond […]

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Hill area artists in newest juried exhibit at Woodmere

Arts | June 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear and Sally Cohen Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy artists’ work will be included in Woodmere Art Museum’s 76th Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia’s longest standing juried museum exhibition, on view from June 3 through Sept. 4. The exhibition’s juror is Harry Philbrick, founding director of Philadelphia Contemporary, a nonprofit visual and performance art space […]

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Playing for the love of it, thanks to Mt. Airy conductor

Local Life | June 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear For many decades, Drexel University has had the reputation as an outstanding engineering school. The last thing one would expect to find at Drexel, therefore, would be a full symphony orchestra. However, thanks in large part to long-time Mt. Airy resident (almost 25 years), Rosalind Erwin, this stunning musical transformation has actually […]

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Gravers Lane canine artist barking up the right tree

Arts | June 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Len Lear Jay McClellan, 40, a mega-talented painter of dogs who lives in East Falls and is represented by Gravers Lane Gallery in Chestnut Hill, sold his first painting in Philadelphia in a unique way. After his first gallery showing at a gallery in University City, the gallery owner offered to store Jay’s large […]

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